By Al Adcock, Vice President Sales & Marketing, B&C Technologies
As our planet surpasses 8 billion human inhabitants, the environmental impacts of our modern life cannot be denied. Luckily, we can all act to minimize our environmental impact to ensure that the life sustaining properties of the earth remain intact for generations to come. Luckily, when it comes to cleaning fabrics, there are a number of steps that can be taken to make a commercial laundry more environmentally friendly and reduce its impact on the environment. Some of the key measures that can be implemented include:
Invest in energy-efficient equipment
One of the most effective ways to reduce the environmental impact of a commercial laundry is to invest in energy-efficient equipment. This includes washing machines, dryers, and ironing equipment that are designed to use less energy and water. By using more efficient equipment, it is possible to significantly reduce the energy and water consumption of the laundry, leading to lower greenhouse gas emissions and water usage.
Use eco-friendly chemicals
Another important step is to switch to eco-friendly chemicals for washing and drying linens. There are a number of environmentally friendly detergents and fabric softeners available that are designed to be gentle on both fabrics and the environment. By using these products, it is possible to reduce the amount of chemicals released into the environment and minimize the risk of negative impacts on water quality and wildlife.
Recycle or reuse water
Water is an essential resource in the commercial laundry process, and finding ways to recycle and reuse water can help to reduce the environmental impact. This can include repairing leaks, properly sorting laundry (lightly soiled linens require less water), as well as using greywater systems to recycle water from washing and rinsing for use in other areas of the laundry.
Encourage the use of reusable linens
Another way to reduce the environmental impact of a commercial laundry is to encourage the use of reusable linens, rather than disposable items. This can include providing customers with reusable towels and linens, which can be laundered and used again, rather than being thrown away after a single use.
Consider the use of renewable energy sources
Finally, it is worth considering the use of renewable energy sources to power the commercial laundry. This can include installing solar panels or wind turbines to generate electricity, or switching to a green energy supplier.
By taking these steps, it is possible to make a commercial laundry more environmentally friendly and reduce its impact on the environment. By investing in energy-efficient equipment, using eco-friendly chemicals, recycling water, encouraging the use of reusable linens, and considering the use of renewable energy sources, it is possible to operate a commercial laundry in a more sustainable and responsible manner.
Al Adcock is VP of Sales and Marketing at B&C Technologies. He is an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, working for different manufacturers in many different capacities before helping launch B&C Technologies in 2000. Adcock has played an instrumental role in the design of several machines on the market before moving to sales in 2013.
Based in Panama City Beach, FL, B&C Technologies is a family-owned customer-focused company that builds the highest quality laundry equipment at the most competitive prices. All B&C equipment relies on engineering-driven designs to produce machines that consistently perform and constantly produce.